Do you wish to support your fellow African-American business startup so that it does not shut down as soon as it started?
Well, we managed to come up with a list of several black-owned hair products that our readers can bank on.
Remember, it is not only about loyalty to your race, but also the belief that a beauty specialist with curly hair is best placed to understand the needs of such hair.
Therefore, we believe that black owned hair products are a must-have whether you’re a person of color or not.
The Finest African American Owned Hair Products: An Overview
From the popular Taliah Waajid brand to the little-known Briogeo, here’s a run-down of companies producing badass hair products. And the best part is that they’re owned by people of color.
1. Taliah Waajid Curly Creamy Hair Lotion
Often described as the modern-day Madam CJ Walker, Taliah Waajid became a haircare entrepreneur by chance since as she was looking for a solution to her personal hair issues.
From making her hair in her bedroom and later on, joining a salon in New York, Taliah slowly picked up on the commercial aspect of hair braids and it wasn’t long before she established her natural salon in New York before moving to Atlanta.
As she tried to educate her clients on the importance of growing natural hair, Madam Waajid noticed a scarcity in natural hair solutions, and this motivated her to come up with fully organic hair products.
An excellent example of such a product is the Curly Creamy Hair Lotion which is made from avocado oil and shea butter to give your hair the curliness and smoothness that you desire.
The lightweight formula not only makes your hair healthier but also makes its maintenance much easier.
2. Kinky Curly Original Custard Styling Gel by Shelley Davis
Since 2003, the Kinky Curly hair products by Shelley Davis have been gracing our stores.
It is hard to believe that this natural hair-care remedy came about as a result of an incident where Davis lost her luggage and as a result, had nothing to use for her hair maintenance.
After a close relative used a homemade mixture of herbs and plants on Davis’ hair, she noticed that the results were better than when using ordinary products.
This inspired Shelley to do more research on natural ingredients for curly hair, and her job on a leading television network was a boost in her research by according her the free time to do so.
The Curling Custard Hair Gel is one of the most popular products associated with this research. The gel is known for making the hair shiny and curly without changing its natural texture.
3. Aunt Jackie’s Fix My Hair Flaxseed Recipes by Dwan White
With over 200 products that can be attributed to her contribution, Dwan White is one of the leading players globally in the natural hair industry.
From being a consultant at Stone Mountain company and rising to become the VP of global marketing and product development, White has created several products which are always tested before being released into the market.
One such product is the Aunt Jackie’s Flaxseed Recipes which is specially formulated for dealing with dry and damaged hair. Further, you can also use it for protective styling.
Besides flaxseed, other notable ingredients in the formula include avocado oil, shea butter, coconut oil and mango butter.
Update: Proudly created by Dwan White, an African-American, but owned by white-owned House of Cheatham Inc.
4. Puff Cuff Original for Curly Hair by Ceata E. Lash
Like many African-American women, Ceata E. Lash had a habit of using artificial chemical products on her hair. The only thing with her is that she noticed that she might be allergic to those elements.
This motivated her to come up with a natural solution as she knew that there were many people out there with similar issues.
And then she came with the Puff Cuff, which is a clamp that aims to maintain your hair’s texture and the style as well. It is designed not to cause hair breakage, and this makes it an ideal alternative to wrist bands which damage the hair when being worn or removed.
The clamp is crafted out of durable plastic and works with all types of thick hair as well as curly and textured hair.
Puff Cuff is available in different sizes and gives you different styling options as well.
5. Jane Cosmetics All Natural Solution by Jane Carter
For close to two decades, Jane Carter has been in the hair industry as a salon owner and professional stylist.
After experiencing a respiratory reaction due to the ordinary beauty products that she had been using, she decided to make her natural formulas from essential oils, natural proteins, and plant-derived ingredients.
All this was in the hope of finding a formula that worked for all hair types and textures. And indeed, one of the most successful products from her stable is none other than the Jane Cosmetics All-Natural Solution.
This wildly popular formula is designed to deal with dry hair and skin. That’s all thanks to the fact that it’s made from natural butters along with essential oils and vitamins.
6. Alikay Naturals Caribbean Coconut Milk Conditioner
Rochelle Alikay Graham-Campbell is a natural hair and beauty stylist who discovered the art of making hair products for kinky hair while taking care of her own.
She is a YouTube influencer who uses short videos to educate women more on natural hair care processes.
The entrepreneur has several hair care brands, including the Alikay Naturals, whose main ingredients are Caribbean coconut milk and nettle, which have several benefits.
The benefits of coconut oil include making the hair shiny by locking in moisture, stimulating hair growth and softening the hair.
As for the nettle, it nourishes the hair with nutrients, vitamins and minerals for healthier hair.
7. Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker by Janell Stephens
Can you believe that Janell Stephens’ journey only started in 2011? She began by developing simple hair care products for her family and years later decided to expand her brand of skincare products.
Her main aim was to produce chemical-free beauty products that would not pose any harm to the user.
One such product is the Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker which is formulated from natural horsetail, beef extracts, marshmallow, seaweed and aloe vera extracts.
The formula is perfect for curly hair and nourishes it with vitamins E and B-12.
8. Curl Junkie Repair Me! Reconstructive Hair Treatment by Marsha Coulton
Although she seemed to be making it big in the corporate world, Marsha Coulton never felt the satisfaction that one should be getting from their employment.
However, after a suggestion from her mother on joining beauty school, Coulton decided to try out on natural hair-care solutions. She tried her products on herself, family and friends first before expanding to other clients.
With increased success, Marsha Coulton developed new products, one of which is the Curl Junkie Repair Me! Reconstructive Hair Treatment formula.
This formula is specially designed to restore chemically-damaged hair. Also, it is suited for weak and brittle hair by giving it the strength to avoid further breakage.
Besides restoration, the Curl Junkie treatment is also ideal for hair-maintenance so that it always looks shiny and sharp.
9. Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo by Nancy Twine
Unlike other natural hair beauty moguls, Nancy Twine has been in the fashion world for a better part of her life, since she was five.
When she moved to New York in her twenties, she noticed the gap on natural hair maintenance products, and she used her grandmother’s recipes to formulate her all-natural hair maintenance formula.
With that simple move, Briogeo Hair Care was born, and the Scalp Revival Shampoo is one of the products from the brand.
It is formulated to provide relief for itchy, dry and irritated scalps plus also eliminates impurities from the scalp.
The shampoo features vegetable-derived micro-exfoliators to help in the removal of dead skin for a clean and healthy scalp.
There is also charcoal which has natural cleansing properties and these help in keeping the scalp clean and healthy as well.
10. Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls by Miko Branch & Tito Branch
Miko and Tito are siblings who originally named their brand Miss Jessie after their grandmother. They used the experience gained from their salon, The Curve, and used it to specialize in hair care products for curly hair.
The sisters’ main source of pride is that they built their brand without any loans or investors, meaning they did everything by themselves. Talk of starting from scratch!
Two of their main products include Pillow Soft Curls and Curly Meringue. Our focus is going to be on the former, which is the ultimate solution to achieving soft and curly hair that you have always hoped for.
It is easy to apply plus has a smooth and light feel so that it does not leave a greasy mess on your hair and fingers as well.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following queries and their responses aim to boost your knowledge of hair products owned by black people.
Q: How do I know which ingredients were used in making a particular hair product?
A: The list of ingredients used in formulating a particular product is usually found at the back of the bottle. So you can check for any potential allergic substance.
Q: What does it mean for a product to be ‘cruelty-free’?
A: This simply means that the product was not tested on any animal to determine whether it is harmful or harmless on human beings.
We hope that our article has taught you a lot about black owned hair products. The main advantages of such products are that since black people make them, they understand what our curly hair needs.
Further, all the above products are all-natural and therefore, perfect for individuals with sensitive skin and scalp.
So why don’t you go through our list of products and see if you can find your ideal formula?